Lake Ridge Design Project

All Kitchens great and small, all things bright and beautiful, Foster Remodeling loves them all!

We recently completed a kitchen remodel nestled in a sweet little community in Lake Ridge, VA. The neighborhood is full of cute little homes with cedar roofs and each home has a unique siding color and style to it. To me, it’s like a little storybook village. This particular client has a home with the typical 1980’s kitchen.  A little space, just 10×12 in scale and your basic builder grade oak cabinets with soffits and sheet vinyl flooring.  It needed an update and some TLC!  A call was made to Foster and I went to see the client and discuss the project. We talked about likes, dislikes and what together we envisioned for the space.

From the pictures above, you can get a feel for the space as it was when we met.  After our initial meeting I came back to my office and worked up a conceptual plan for the new space and what I would present in our next meeting. The main thing we talked about was how to make the small space seem bigger. The first thing I suggested was to remove the soffits…instant enlargement detail.  We also wanted to keep the space bright and fresh.  We focused on storage and products that would give our client the best value for her investment.  The ease of use and care was also big on the list.

When we moved into our design phase I informed and guided her towards particular selections that would not only fit her ideal budget, but would also perform best for her in terms of everyday wear and tear.  We went with our Waypoint cabinet line and selected a Shaker style door in a Maple Spice finish to meet her desire to have a wood tone in the space.  For the tops we selected the Weybourne color from the Cambria Quartz product line, backed by a simple white subway tile backsplash.

A small single bowl stainless steel sink is now centered below the pass-thru rather being offset as it had been previously.  In place of a wasted blind corner cabinet now sits a full size and fully functional lazy susan corner base unit.  The existing fridge was reused and remained in the same space, but we designed around the fact that if it were ever to be replaced, she would be able to trade in for a taller unit that fits by simply removing a filler panel.  The double oven range which she purchased from our partners, Appliance Connection, was repositioned to allow for a greater work space between it and the sink. One of the biggest transitions to the space was the addition of a center peninsula type island that took place of the old kitchen table. The island not only acts as additional storage, including a built-in trash can and prep space but now unifies the space and gives her that true eat-in kitchen experience.  We also addressed the need for even more storage by adding a tall panty unit modified to 15” deep for storing her larger cooking items.  The vinyl flooring was replaced with DuraCeramic 16×16 tile in Chateau Gray to tie in the need for some whimsical and soft marble type movement to mimic the countertops.

Top that all off with a nice stacked cabinet crown molding reaching to the ceiling.  We added some recessed lighting, on a dimmer, and repositioned her family heirloom Tiffany style pendant light as the focal feature that also served as inspiration for the paint color that was chosen.  As you can see below it’s quite the transformation and our client is beyond happy with the results. She is also very impressed with the workmanship, care and attention that was given to her “little ol’ project”. I’m very happy with the way it turned out and hope you will enjoy seeing the finished product as well.

Have a small space…let me help you make it shine too!

~Rachel

written by Rachel Mignogna – Design Consultant – Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.

Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be really careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of sync in just a few years simply because you followed a trend. Instead, look at the trends in terms of the value they bring to your life and your home.

Here are nine trends that are popular now, but have staying power because they address lifestyle needs, convenience, and savings — ensuring you’ll enjoy your kitchen for many years.

#1 Love White? You Won’t Go Wrong

It’s hard to believe that white kitchens could get any more popular. But the preference for white cabinets continues to soar. Sixty-seven percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members said that white is their top choice for cabinets, a 20% climb from two years ago. And layering white on white — white backsplashes beneath white cabinets on white countertops — was spotlighted in the 2014 Best in American Living Awards presented by the National Association of Home Builders.

Whirlpool’s White Ice collection, with its glass-like glossy sheen, is being hailed as the first appliance exterior to rival stainless steel.

White appliances are so much easier to keep clean than stainless, which smudges if you as much as look at it. Plus, the new icy look is simple, cool, and able to blend into transitional and contemporary styles.

And since stainless has filtered down to the masses, it no longer has that expensive and exclusive cache it once had. But white will always have staying power.

#2 Want Color? Go for Neutral Gray

The popularity of sleek, sophisticated gray color schemes is soaring. Seventy-one percent of NKBA designers said gray is the fastest-growing color scheme for kitchens in 2014.

But gray can be tricky. In cold, cloudy climates, gray can appear frozen unless you use it on warm materials like wood cabinets, or pair it with hot colors likes reds and yellows. On the other hand, gray can appear pleasantly cool in sunny, hot climates — a breath of fresh air in heat and humidity. So while white kitchens are a safe bet, gray is neutral enough — and close enough to white — to have staying power if you use it well.

#3 Embrace Smaller Appliances

Small is big these days. Micro-living is taking off for millennials and retirees. Owners of multigenerational homes are installing tiny, secondary kitchens for returning adult children and elderly parents.

Typically, these micro-kitchens feature a two-burner cooktop, combo microwave/convection oven, 18-inch dishwasher, and 60-inch fridge or refrigerator drawer.

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written by: Lisa Kaplan Gordon – HouseLogic.com


 

The High Cost of the Low Price

Most licensed contractors are competent, honest, hardworking, and financially responsible. And yet almost everyone knows someone who has a nightmare story to tell about a remodeling job: the length of time it took; the inconvenience of the noise and dust; or the cost overruns associated with even the smallest project. Choosing the lowest bid comes with a high cost.

Adding a room or updating a kitchen can cost more than a new car, and consumers should take time and care in planning a home improvement project. Unfortunately, most consumers spend less time choosing a contractor than they do choosing a car.

Here are a few tips for choosing the right contractor:

  • Determine the type of Contractor you need for your project
  • Be sure they have a VA Contractors license
  • Check their references
  • Get bids (remember the lowest price isn’t always the best price)

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Light up Your Life – Tips about Lighting your next Remodel

Lighting your new space so you can comfortably see and work, is a important aspect of your remodeling project.

Lighting greatly affects the mood, aesthetics and functionality of your living spaces. Your lighting layout should never be an afterthought or haphazard decision. This is true whether you are remodeling your current home or building a new one. Lighting design is all about creating a plan.

To look its best and function well, a space must be properly lit — and that involves more than just specifying stylish fixtures. A good plan blends lighting into the architectural and decorative details of the room.

Plan for a Layered Look
No single light source can provide all the necessary light for a kitchen. A well-lit kitchen layers and blends four different types of light. Every kitchen remodel should include the following:
• Task Lighting. It is the workhorse of illumination and provides adequate light for tasks like chopping vegetables and reading recipes. Optimum placement of task lighting comes between a person’s head and the work surface, which makes lighting located below the upper cabinets so effective. If a kitchen remodel includes a pantry, make sure to specify task lighting there as well.
• Ambient lighting. It creates a warm glow that fills a room, softens shadows and helps to make people feel instantly welcome in a kitchen. If cabinets do not reach all the way to the ceiling, that space is a great spot for ambient light. Of the four types of lighting, ambient is most often overlooked.
• Accent lighting. It gives depth and dimension to a kitchen. Examples of accent lighting include fixtures placed inside glass-front cabinets to illuminate China, glassware, and other collections as well as recessed, adjustable low-voltage fixtures used to spotlight art.
• Decorative lighting. Whitehead likes to refer to this type of lighting as architectural jewelry. It adds sparkle to a space.

Consider these steps when developing the perfect home lighting plan:
1. Supply light where you need it. Consider the purpose of the room and place lights in areas that you will be using regularly.
2. Light your space in the right quantity and the right quality. The height of the ceilings, size of the room and tasks performed all affect the amount of lumens needed in a particular room.
3. Confirm that the lighting design meets the needs of the client. If this is not your own home, be sure to consider the age and special needs of the home’s inhabitants.
4. Select lights that define the form of the space. Your lighting should help further the design and style of your space, not hinder it. Lighting can serve as a beautiful focal point or aesthetic piece in residential applications.
5. Identify what each area will be used for, and how lighting will affect those activities.

 

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5 Must-Try Kitchen Remodeling Approaches

Is your wish list for a kitchen remodeling job still in a limbo? We know that a remodeling can be a nightmare. That is why we are here to make that hard part easy. Yes, but how about all that chaos and inconvenience? But, you know what? All these can be done in a smooth manner.

How? With smart planning. These layouts will not only reflect your personal style and originality. But we know that you want that new kitchen as soon as possible. All you have to do is check out these 5 must-try approaches.

Minimalistic Approach

Minimalist Approach - 5 Kitchen Remodeling Approaches

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Do you want your kitchen be reduced to the necessary essentials? Keep things simple. How do you do that? First, choose a neutral color of paint. For the appliances, let it all blend (e.g. oven, refrigerator and the stove top.) Have the storage areas be in a cube-like solid form. For your furniture, limit the tables and chair to sleek pieces. Such an approach will a lot of hidden storage options. Yes, there maybe a certain number of shelves. But no way will they be seen in an immediate view.

The Mediterranean Approach

The Mediterranean Approach - 5 Kitchen Approaches

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Are you a warm and welcoming type of individual? Then a switch to a Spanish-throwback would suit you. Most of the materials used in this kitchen remodeling are “made of clay.” The flooring itself are even hand-painted. Instead of simple straight lines, expect more curves on the kitchen. Another particular feature is the exposed ceiling beams.

The Farmhouse Approach

The Farmhouse Approach - 5 Kitchen Remodeling Approaches

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Do you want to blend a variety of styles in your kitchen? How about a farmhouse approach on your design. This provides with the mix styles of traditional, cottage and vintage style. Expect the open shelves, big tables , wide sinks and classic flooring to give you that “homey” feel.

The Eclectic Approach

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Are you a rebel but who still wants an applause? Is your style hard to pigeonhole? Do you want your kitchen to be that conversation starter with your guests? Then choose an eclectic approach to your remodeling. Cut loose on a clean-cut image by incorporating anything with the help of your designer. Let wallpaper, marble, stainless steel, and a variety of color schemes be your guiding light.

The Contemporary Approach

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Sleekness is a word that would describe a contemporary-designed kitchen. Another word that would best describe the architecture, furniture and overall kitchen style would be trendy. Literally, it is what is “IN” right now. What is being created and produced as of the moment? Expect this approach to borrowing bits and pieces from the past generation. However, a unique way of this design is that it reflects that said times.

We hope that by now you have considered our given options. You can now truly begin to make your kitchen the heart of your home. Where else would that heart be? But at the epicenter of where food and nutrients are prepared. Because the mind, body and soul is fostered by good food.

For over 30 years, Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc. has been offering kitchen remodeling in Fairfax VA, bathroom remodelingin-law suites and home additions improvement services. Our service area extends to Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA. Request for a FREE CONSULTATION at 703-550-1371 or visit us at 7211 Telegraph Square Dr, Lorton, VA 22079 today!

Make-Over Inspirations for your Home

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How to Prepare Your Kitchen for a Romantic Valentine’s Dinner Date

February 14 is one of the most celebrated event among many couples. It symbolizes a special day where bold gestures of love, adoration and appreciation between two lovers are more than welcome. If you are planning to take your partner or your spouse on a romantic dinner, instead of getting a reservation at your favorite restaurant, have it at home. It’s more private and intimate that way. Plus, you don’t have to worry about pulling some strings just to dine at a well-rated place.

Here’s how to prep your kitchen for Valentine’s Day:

Have something red

Place something red into the room. It could be a red balloon or a red accent tablecloth. The color red is often associated with love. Its deep and vibrant hue reflect an emotion so strong, it can only be seen as passion. In fact, red is so warm and attractive, it’s actually a good choice for your walls if you are planning on getting kitchen remodeling this year.

Tone the lights down

Harsh lighting will just kill the romance. You have to recreate a relaxing and stimulating atmosphere for you and your date. Use a soft lamp that is more polite to the eyes. Get smart lighting for your kitchen if you want something more effective and valuable. There are many dimmable LED bulbs in the market to choose from.

Light up some candles

Now, to make the night far more intimate and to compensate for the not so bright lighting in your kitchen space, bring out the candles. This may be a conventional approach to start a perfect night, but nothing can beat a dinner over candle light. Valentine’s Day only happens once a year, if you have to be romantic, do it without inhibitions.

Set a table for two

If you want to dine in the kitchen, use your island as the setup. That way, your date can watch you cook and prepare the meal. It may not be much, but there’s something cheesily domestic and fluffy about that scenario. With the mood and thoughtful gesture, you can never go wrong with it.

Play your favorite song

If you prefer a quiet night, you should opt out with the music. However, if you want the complete package, definitely play some slow music you can dance to. Have your favorite song in the background while you enjoy your dinner and it surely will be a night worth remembering.

Keep the kids entertained

If you are married and you want to spend the day exclusively and privately with your better half, keep the kids busy and entertained. Take them to their grandparent’s house or if you want them to stay in the house instead, whip up a movie for them to watch. But of course, spending this particular day with your children is also wonderful.

Don’t forget the flowers

Give her a nicely done bouquet or a freshly picked set of flowers. While roses are the most common thing to get, you can definitely go for another kind. It could be gerbera daisies, lilies, or tulips. There are no rules in showing your admiration to the person you love and care for the most. And since flowers have their own romantic language. So choose one that truly expresses your feelings.
There you have it! These simple tips will surely lead you to a wonderful night. Also, be sure to remember the chocolates and those three magic words. Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!

9 Kitchen Design Trends That Can’t Go Wrong

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Remodeling your kitchen is a huge commitment. Make sure you’re getting the best return by making choices that’ll last. Here are 9 trends with staying power.

 

 

 

Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be really careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of sync in just a few years simply because you followed a trend. Instead, look at the trends in terms of the value they bring to your life and your home.

Here are nine trends that are popular now, but have staying power because they address lifestyle needs, convenience, and savings — ensuring you’ll enjoy your kitchen for many years.

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1. Love White? You Won’t Go Wrong

It’s hard to believe that white kitchens could get any more popular. But the preference for white cabinets continues to soar. Sixty-seven percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members said that white is their top choice for cabinets, a 20% climb from two years ago. And layering white on white — white backsplashes beneath white cabinets on white countertops — was spotlighted in the 2014 Best in American Living Awards presented by the National Association of Home Builders.

Whirlpool’s White Ice collection, with its glass-like glossy sheen, is being hailed as the first appliance exterior to rival stainless steel.

White appliances are so much easier to keep clean than stainless, which smudges if you as much as look at it. Plus, the new icy look is simple, cool, and able to blend into transitional and contemporary styles.

And since stainless has filtered down to the masses, it no longer has that expensive and exclusive cache it once had. But white will always have staying power.

 

011717_greyKitchen2. Want Color? Go for Neutral Gray

The popularity of sleek, sophisticated gray color schemes is soaring. Seventy-one percent of NKBA designers said gray is the fastest-growing color scheme for kitchens in 2014.

But gray can be tricky. In cold, cloudy climates, gray can appear frozen unless you use it on warm materials like wood cabinets, or pair it with hot colors likes reds and yellows. On the other hand, gray can appear pleasantly cool in sunny, hot climates — a breath of fresh air in heat and humidity.  So while white kitchens are a safe bet, gray is neutral enough — and close enough to white — to have staying power if you use it well.

 

 

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Written by: – House Logic Contributor

Common Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

It’s finally the end of the year. Your kitchen must have gone through a lot for the last couple of months. Give it a fresh new look with a renovation.

Before you dive into the whole process, find out some of the most common mistakes you should avoid doing during your kitchen remodeling.

Thinking you don’t need a pro’s help
Foster Remodeling - Thinking you don't need a pro's help

When it comes to major changes in the house, don’t do anything by yourself. Although you may have a little knowledge about renovation, you still shouldn’t pass up on the chance to ask for help from the professionals. They are experts in design-build and they are well-experienced in doing home building projects. They can guarantee you customer service satisfaction as well as the best value for money.

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Not paying attention to small details
Foster Remodeling - Not paying attention to small details

Oftentimes, when in the middle of improving your home, you can get easily distracted with the big picture. Suddenly all you can think of, and all you ever pay attention to, is the finished product. However, in order to get everything perfect, you have to make sure all the small details are done right.

For example, if the cabinets are positioned a few inches higher or lower than what you are comfortable with, you might not be convenient getting things in and out of the compartments.

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Settling for something quick and cheap
Foster Remodeling - Settling for something quick and cheap

Just because you are not the most patient and richest homeowner out there, doesn’t mean you should go for the lowest deal offered in the market. You get what you pay, remember? If things are given to you at a cheap cost, chances are, the services and materials provided are not of top quality. Risking it is not ideal in the long run because you might end up disatisfied. You’re just going to have your kitchen done all over again. That’s a waste of money.

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Going for the somewhat easy DIY route
Foster Remodeling - Going for the somewhat easy DIY route

You can see a lot of do-it-yourself interior design and renovation ideas online. They seem easy and simple to recreate. The before and after pictures are incredible too. Plus, it’s step by step process are super easy to follow. But you also have to understand that some of these ideas may be done by homeowners who have background and sufficient knowledge in home improvement.

DIYs may look quick and fun, but in reality, it’s going to take a lot of work. And there’s a huge possibility that you’re not going to get it right on your first try. The same goes for your second, third, and maybe fourth. Investing your energy and money in buying and putting the materials altogether is a waste of time and effort.

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Being too ambitious with the end result
Foster Remodeling - Being too ambitious with the end result

It’s good to be ambitious. It means you are expecting only the best for your kitchen renovation. That’s wonderful! Make sure to openly communicate with the design-build team you will be working with. Tell them your inspirations, your plans, what you want to achieve, and your overall budget. With their assistance, nothing can go wrong.

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Our in-house designers and talented remodeling team can help you make your dreams into reality.